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Fort Frontenac Library

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Fort Frontenac Library, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
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Type main research library for the Canadian Army
Established 1947 (on grounds of the Royal Military College of Canada currently on the grounds of Fort Frontenac, Canadian Forces Base Kingston.
Items collected
  • volumes, monographs, documents, and artifacts dedicated to the study of conflict and land warfare in the Canadian context
Size 100,000 items; 90000 volumes
Criteria for collection
  • assists the army's advanced officer development programs as well as its research and development communities across the country
Access and use
Circulation 12000 items per year
Other information
Director Chief Librarian is Mr. David Willis.
Website [http://]

The Fort Frontenac Library, located within the Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College, Fort Frontenac, Kingston, Ontario, is the main research library for the Canadian Army. Established in 1947 this library is one of the oldest collections of volumes, monographs, documents, and artifacts dedicated to the study of conflict and land warfare in the Canadian context. The Fort Frontenac Library assists the army's advanced officer development programs as well as its research and development communities across the country. The current Chief Librarian is Mr. David Willis.[1]

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And to save even more money I'm staying at a camp site 25 minutes outside of Old Quebec. It cost $29.64 US. And it's legit in the woods. It's not some fake city campground. It's got a rec center with vending machines and foosball... a playground, a gazebo and an outdoor pool to boot. And of course a place to take a hot shower. And as you can tell, it's a little rainy today, but we're not letting that get us down. We're going on the 40 minute hike from our campground to Montmorency Falls. And I'm not gonna lie. I thought it would be a little bigger. I conquered it pretty easily. Totally joking. This is just a tiny waterfall on the way to the real waterfall. Beautiful. Oh, I forgot to mention I'm traveling with my friend Ryan Curless. He plays drums in some rock bands. Speaking of which, enough of this cheesy French music. I'm gonna play you some of Ryans music. This is Just My Luck by Chris Ross and the North. If you like it, support them and go buy it. Unlike Niagara Falls, you can walk right up to the base of this thing for free. This waterfall is insane. It's two miles from our campground. It's free to walk in here. Ryan and I are literally the only ones here today. It's incredible. Worlds smallest toad. You can take the number 55 RTC bus into town. We're going to the waterfront. Ryan found a cool park. It looked like fun, so I joined in. Believe it or not, we were still sober at this point. But not for long. Luckily, we stumbled upon a place where you could sip and dip. Piece of pizza and a beer. Feet in the water. On the waterfront. We like it. It's great. Now we're headed to the Museum of Civilization. $7.80 US. But once you've bought a ticket it gets you a 20% discount on a bunch of museums throughout the city. Brains, tons of brains. And the skulls they were once inside. No matter what your taste in art, there's something for everyone. They other band Ryan plays in is called Armies. This is their song At Home. My personal favorite. The singularity is near. They even had some old cell phones. Time flies. It was the perfect mash up of old, new and downright weird. I liked it. Time for the Chateau Frontenac Its free to walk around and you can take as many cheesy canon photos as you want. Ahhhh, I feel like I'm in France. Let me light up a cigarette and try to blend in with these foreigners. Screw that. Remember kids, smoking is for losers. And there's way better vices to have, like gelato. Available right on the board walk. It might even be worse for you than cigarettes, but I don't care. I'm getting maple gelato. Oh la la. Ryan found a Salvador Dali. Right in front of the Chateau Frontenac. They have an original Salvidor Dali sculpture from someones private collection, worth 3.6 million dollars that they donated to the city to be available for free for the entire summer. Its pretty sweet. The chateau is free to walk around, but it's big. You might want to take a horse and buggy. Just joking. It's not that big. It opened in 1893. It was originally built for the Canadian Pacific Railroad Company. Winston Churchill and Franklin D Roosevelt stayed here for the Quebec Conference in 1943. And Alfred Hitchcock filmed I Confess here in 1953. And obviously, it's not cheap to stay here, but remember, you can walk around everywhere outside for free. And you can't beat free. The next block over is the Norte-Dame Basilica. $4.68 US. But we got to go in for free because they were under construction. Still beautiful though. Time for dinner. Everything around the Chateau Frontenac is pricey, but I found some cheap egg rolls. After dinner I grabbed a six pack at the gas station for $7.80 US. Time to head back to the campsite. This song is Trust the Universe by Armies. I'm sure the guests are having a great time at the Chateau Frontenac, but I'm pretty good with this. Tonight we're staying at the Hostel of Peace. It's in the heart of Old Quebec. They have free breakfast, free Wifi and if you want to save some cash and buy groceries, you can always cook them in their kitchen. We got a private room with two beds for $31.20 US per person. Started the day walking through some art vendors. Didn't find anything that tickled my fancy, but if you're into arts and crafts, come check it out. Since it doesn't cost anything to walk around, I kind of consider it a free outdoor art gallery. From here we decided to walk up to the old Citadel. It cost $12.48 US to get in, but it's free to walk around the perimeter. The Citadel is the oldest military installation in Canada. And it's still an active base for the Canadian Armed Forces. For some reason there were no armed guards while we were there, so Ryan decided to act a fool. Although there was probably a sniper eyeing him. But we couldn't stay to find out. We were headed to the rotating restaurant. It's got 360 degree views around the city. 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For $13.26 US you can go inside the tower, get a 45 minute historic bus tour as well as admission to the Plains of Abraham Museum. But we didn't have time for all that, so we continued walking through the free park. There's historic canons everywhere. And we also found a water fountain, surrounded by a garden. Just a few blocks away is the Art District. It was making me feel artsy, so I decided to draw a portrait of Ryan. He wasn't really feeling it, but I didn't give him much choice. My art is very abstract. I focused on his eyes. I promised him it would be good. And this is how it came out. Not exactly what I wanted. Ryan was not impressed. He told me I needed to go see some real art, so we hit up the National Museum. Speaking of artistic talent, this is another track from Ryans band Chris Ross and the North. I love this museum. They have over 25,000 pieces of art, so I can't show them all, but here's a few. With our 20% off from the first museum, it cost $8.80 US. 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Cause even the locals are in a great mood. We love the Quebec summer festival! Ok, we obviously told them to say that. Hahaha. But I'm telling ya. Everyone is just in great moods. Oh, I know you guys! Hey! My friends! Happy summer festival! Thank you! You too! My friends! I swear we didn't stage that either. People in Quebec are just nice. They even took us to the free outdoor concert. As you can tell, we had a horrible time. And I'm not lying. This is free. All you gotta do is put some shoes on and show up. Well, you might want to wear some pants too, but you know what I mean. Woooooo! Tonight we're staying at the Manoir Des Remparts. It's just down the street from our last hostel. $35.10 US per person. It comes with free breakfast, but if it doesn't fill you up, check this out. I'm hungry. I'm thirsty. I want to eat a crepe. Lets go. Thank god for high school French class. But don't worry, pretty much everyone speaks English. The song you're hearing was written by my Dad, Ric Bruns, and his writing partner Greg Lunn. I played drums and bass. Ryan was a decent date, but I'm still hoping to find a beautiful Canadian girl. "The Spot" is really awesome. You should go there. The got dogs are really cheap. We'll have to take Rachael's advice and go check out the Spot later today. But for now we're gonna go take a look at Musee Du Fort. Its main attraction is a sound and light show about the battle on the Plains of Abraham. But we didn't have time for that, so we just checked out some of their artifacts. If you want to go, after your 20% off coupon and the exchange rate, it's $5.30 US. But we couldn't stay. We were going shopping. We're getting some custom shirts made at T-Unik. I somehow always manage to get lost when I travel, so I decided to get a shirt with Ryans picture on it. That way when someone finds me wandering aimlessly in the streets they'll know who to return me to. It's me. Just like a dog collar, I'll never get lost again. The whole thing only takes about 10 minutes and cost $19.50 US. And they'll print you whatever you want, as long as it doesn't break any laws. I'm never taking this off. And now back to the festival. All this dancing is making me hungry. Time for Mary's Popcorn Shop. $2.88 US. Oh look! A pub. Guess we're going to have to go check it out. Ohhhh, live music. And $5 beers. After a beer, why not go to the tallest point in the city. The observatory. $8.58 gets you an interactive map of the city with some sweet views. And they also have a cool sound and light show. The first showcases the cultural heritage of Quebec and the second has some drone footage flying through the old city. But we didn't stay long because I wanted to go check out Le Spot. Rachael mentioned the cheap hot dogs, but I'm here for the line dancing. Hopefully one of these episodes I'll actually learn how to dance. But not today. I'm just better at eating hot dogs. And Martin here knows how to cook them up good. After the hot dog, we thought it best to get some exercise, so we walked through the free park, Saint Rock Garden. Now I know a lot of people don't like hot dogs, so let me show you another dinner option. Bureau De Poste. Probably my favorite restaurant in Quebec City. And why is that? I kid you not, everything on the menu is $5. You heard right. $5. Each item you see here is $4.95 a piece. I'm not joking. But wait! It gets better! With the exchange rate it's actually $3.86 a piece. Ummmm...Poutine. Fries, cheese curd and gravy. Oh yeah! Wash it all down with some $3 whiskey shots. And they've got the nicest waitstaff in town. Just around the corner is another sweet spot, Deux 22. The ambiance is great, but the reason people love this place is you can go shopping and get a drink in the same room. The $4 shots are pretty sweet too. We slowly made our way back to the free festival. Drinking as much water as we could along the way. We've walked a lot today. Gotta stay hydrated. So tonight the Backstreet Boys are performing, but we're going to the free stage. It's a beautiful night and the sunset is gorgeous. There's all sorts of weird stuff you can do at this festival. We're gonna go do a 360 camera shot up on top of a tower. We're gonna shoot a 360 degree video! Yeah! Hi everyone! Hi. We are in Quebec. The app even takes 360 degree photos. Very fancy. And if you run on this thing for 60 seconds, Dejardins donates $1 to charity. Or you can play with some remote control cars. Even the local clubs had special events going on. We're at the District at Saint Joseph. This is my friend Kristen and she's having a grand old time dancing to the music of the hip hop group Bums & Beats. Lets rewind back outside for a second. It's time to check out another free stage. It's great! It's amazing! Time for some Quebec City Facts. The population is 531,902. The drinking age is 18. It's the only walled city north of Mexico. It's our last day in Quebec City and we're driving 20 minutes to a water park. And don't worry, if you don't have a car you can always take their shuttle for $3.90 US. And they'll pick you up right in the city. Before we hit the slides, lets eat some grub. I got a cheeseburger for $5.34 US. It's $35 to get in the park before 10, but But if you show up after 3, it's only $29.63 US. The water park and attractions at Valcartier are awesome! Yay! Haha. See , water parks aren't just for kids. These guys are having a great time. They drove up for the day from Montreal. Maybe I'll join in for a game. On second thought, I'm going to the water park. Time for the waterslide. Yee Haw! They call this one The Cauldron. It looks like we're going down that hole. No turning back now. They had a bunch of awesome lazy rivers too. We love it here. They're not joking. It really is great here. $3 shots. Oh yeah. And remember, you can do this too. If you like my show, please hit 'like', subscribe and comment below. Hell, if you really wanna help me out, share it on Facebook, Twitter and all that junk. Make me famous already! I promise I'll invite you to my yacht parties. But until then, I'll keep making the show on my own dime. And guess what? Ryan and I are jumping in the car and headed to Montreal. If you wanna watch that, just click the link below to my main page. That's the end of the show. Thanks for watching. Catch you next time.



Created in 1947, the Canadian Army Staff College (CASC) library was designed to function separately from the Royal Military College of Canada Library, with which it was initially colocated on the college grounds. The CASC library was initially designed to serve the needs of the National Defence College (NDC), while the RMC library served the needs of cadets and faculty. The CASC library was headed by Lieutenant Colonel T.F. Gelley. In 1942, when the Canadian Junior War Staff Course was transferred from England to Canada the initial CASC collection consisted of some 300 books and reports which had been brought over from England. By 1947, the collection consisted of roughly 2100 volumes, which included academic books, technical material, doctrinal and training manuals, popular military texts, and even novels. These donations came from a wide variety of sources, including the Canadian Army overseas, the YMCA, the Royal Military College of Canada, as well as individual officers and soldiers.

In December 1947, the Canadian Army Staff College moved from the Royal Military College to current quarters on the grounds of Fort Frontenac. The CASC library transferred and renamed the Fort Frontenac Library. From that point, the library was designed to meet the research needs of the staff and students of both the National Defence College and the Canadian Army Staff College. The collection consists of books and reports in the fields of military science, international relations, government, politics, and economics.[2]


Between 1950 and 1994 the library was expanded and evolved significantly. Its core collection grew to include a significant holding of volumes on politics, economics, strategic studies, international relations, and military history, a reflection of its association with the internationally focused NDC courses. As well, the collection benefited from several important donations from foreign students and Canadian Army officers. Its relationship with the NDC and the army staff courses allowed for the creation of unique collection focused on land forces and land warfare studies.

Post Cold War era

The end of the Cold War saw a significant reorientation of the Canadian Forces, which affected all of its organizations including its education and training systems. Several legacy establishments were closed including the NDC, which graduated its last class in 1994. With this closure, the future of the Fort Frontenac Library became tenuous. Oversight and direction of the library initially returned to the Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College, but in the late 1990s its supervision was again transferred to the Land Forces Doctrine and Training System. Responsibility for the library moved again in 2003, this time to the Directorate of Army Doctrine.

Afghanistan War

In light of the army's ongoing operations in Afghanistan and new orientation towards counterinsurgency, in 2006 the library received a new mandate to directly support research and development associated with ongoing army capability development. Under the supervision of the Directorate of Land Concepts and Designs (DLCD) with development and operations then overseen by Major Andrew Godefroy, the library refocused its efforts on the accession of both old and new volumes on land warfare, as well as the development of a number of special collections unique to the Canadian Army. In 2011-2012, direct oversight of the library transferred to Lieutenant Colonel Brad Boswell, with Mr. David Willis being confirmed as Chief Librarian.

New mandate

Effective 1 April 2014, oversight of the Fort Frontenac Library was transferred from the Canadian Army Land Warfare Centre to the Canadian Army Command and Staff College. Under new direction, the library continues to support both army command and staff college courses as well as broader army operational research, experimentation, and capability development.


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